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Global Challenges in Transport

Global Challenges in Transport

Governing transitions in urban transport

Cities are increasingly the places where technological, behavioural and institutional transitions in transport have the greatest impact. This course explores how such transformations can be facilitated and steered through policy and planning.

Part of the ‘Global Challenges in Transport’ Oxford Leadership Programme, this course is delivered over four days in the pleasant surroundings of Kellogg College, University of Oxford, with all accommodation and meals provided, including a formal networking dinner on the first night.

Faculty outline for the June 2017 course


Dr Tim Schwanen, Director, Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford

Governing Transport in a Complex and Globalising World

Tim Schwanen is Director of the Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford. Tim is one of the Deputy Directors of the RCUK funded Research Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (2013-2018). Tim's research can be positioned at the intersection of urban, transport, cultural and political and economic geography.


Edward Kellow, Kellow Learning

Leadership and sustainability: complexity, collaboration and connectivity

Edward has over 20 years’ experience in learning and development. As head of a global sustainability leadership programme, he co-ordinated and delivered training programmes around the world for business, government, academia, third sector and media organisations, including the British Council, UNDP, UNEP and World Vision UK.

Professor Glenn Lyons, University of the West of England

Guidance for policymakers in the face of an uncertain future

Glenn is Professor of Transport and Society and founder of the Centre for Transport & Society (CTS) at UWE Bristol. His research focuses upon the role of new technologies in supporting and influencing travel behaviour. Glenn has led major studies into traveller information systems, virtual mobility, travel time use, road pricing, public and business attitudes to transport.  In 2015/16 Glenn has been leading the CIHT FUTURES initiative in the UK examining the professionals’ view on future uncertainty and how we should be responding.

Dr Louise Reardon, University of Leeds

The importance of issue framing for governing transitions

Louise is Research Fellow in Governance and Transport Policy at the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, and co-Chair of the Governance and Decision-Making Processes Special Interest Group of the World Conference on Transport Research Society. Louise’s research utilises theories of governance and the policy process to analyse the role and response of politics and policy to two wide-ranging issues; wellbeing and climate change.   

Professor David Banister, Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford 

Backcasting Exercise

David is Emeritus Professor of Transport Studies at the School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE) and the Transport Studies Unit. He was Director of the Transport Studies Unit from 2006 until 2015, and during 2009-2010 he was also Acting Director of the Environmental Change Institute in SoGE. Until 2006, he was Professor of Transport Planning at University College London. He has been Research Fellow at the Warren Centre in the University of Sydney (2001-2002) on the Sustainable Transport for a Sustainable City project and was Visiting VSB Professor at the Tinbergen Institute in Amsterdam (1994-1997). He was a visiting Professor at the University of Bodenkultur in Vienna in 2007. He was the first Benelux BIVET-GIBET Transport Chair (2012-2013).

Dr Michael Synnott, Warwick Business School

HS2: Some challenges for governance, policy and delivery  

Michael is Senior Teaching Fellow at the Warwick Business School. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Warwick Business School. Prior to arriving at WBS, Michael spent many years in urban economic policy and strategy and has held posts as a policy advisor, manager and academic in the UK and Australia. He has consulted in Mexico and China. Michael is interested in transport and airport infrastructure and has completed a review for the University of Warwick of the issues surrounding HS2.

Dr James Palmer, University of Oxford

Formulating legitimate, effective and sustainable transport policy: Lessons from biofuels and the VW emissions scandal

James is Departmental Lecturer and Course Director of the MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance. He has a BA (Hons), an MPhil, and a PhD, all from the University of Cambridge. James is involved in numerous on-going research projects, which explore the politics of EU sustainable road transport policy, the implications of climate geoengineering for public engagement in environmental governance, and the construction of expertise in interactions between chief scientific advisers and policy makers in UK government.


Key information

Course length

Four days
Tuesday - Friday


26-29 June 2018


(Reduced fees available, please enquire)

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